Leeds United have a mix of young and experienced players in their current squad, managed by the legendary Marcelo Bielsa, and are one of the favourites to gain promotion to the Premier League.
Over the last two seasons, several players – all across the pitch – have impressed for the Whites, easily adapting to Bielsa’s tactics, while also improving individually as players.
One player who has changed positions, and done so quite seamlessly, is right-back Stuart Dallas, who has been an ever-present fixture in the 2019-20 season.
The injury to first-choice right-back Luke Ayling gave Dallas the opportunity to play in the Leeds team, and he has taken the chance very well.
The Northern Ireland international, who was previously a winger, has even played right-back for his country, turning up in that position recently in Northern Ireland’s game against Germany.
Dallas is one of many players whose contract at the club expires at the end of the 2019-20 season – which includes the likes of players like Pablo Hernández and Mateusz Klich.
Leeds should offer the 28-year-old a new contract and extend his stay at the club, even if the Whites get promoted to the Premier League.
A new contract for Stuart Dallas – No brainer
The full-back is quick with the ball at his feet, and is a very good passer, who can build from the back and advance further forward to offer options to Leeds’ attacking players.
His versatility is possibly his biggest strength as he can play as a full-back on both sides, while also capable of playing further forward as a winger, again, on both sides.
Dallas is also a useful player if the manager switches formations, and changes to a three/five-man defence, as he is capable of playing as a wing-back or as a wide midfielder who can track back and help his defence.
The right-back has got off to a good start this season, scoring once, averaging 1.8 tackles a game, with a pass completion rate of 80.6%.
Dallas has been a part of Leeds for four seasons, and is a seasoned veteran who is a dependable figure in the team and deserves a new contract at the club for adapting to his new role well and putting in solid performances.